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Posted in: Japan business sentiment negative for first time since 2013: survey See in context

Not a big surprise somehow. This thing is hitting so many sectors at the same time it will be like a tornado.

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Posted in: Businessman paid $8.2 mil by Tokyo Olympics bid lobbied figure at center of French corruption probe See in context

Loved the facial expression of a man who screwed up has just been busted . But he shouldn't worry too much, a few deep bows will suffice. Unless, of course, some of that money came from the wrong people. But that will never be made public, somehow.

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Posted in: Private-sector advisers to Abe call for massive economic stimulus measures See in context

Time to get the printing press cranked right up. Lets just hope not all of it ends up in the hands of big business.

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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan See in context

I think NK might actually be trying to get the attention of China rather than the U.S with these launches. They are the only country in a position and possibly willing to give significant support and aid to NK in times like these. It probably can't cope with it's own epidemic that it's been trying to hide and is becoming desperate. Food might running out too.

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Posted in: Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Toyota seek to restart factories in North America See in context

Hardly imagine there is going to be much demand for new cars this year. How about making ambulances or even hospital beds?

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Posted in: Japan Post may cut as many as 10,000 jobs: Nikkei See in context

Good idea Wesley. Think there would be more than enough demand in the home delivery business to take a slice of the action, especially among lots of oldies who trust them.

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Posted in: Japan's economic package to deal with epidemic to top ¥30 tril See in context

30,000,000,000,000 by 126,800,000 comes to 236,593 per person. Have to wonder if much of that money will actually reach the hands of the public, or will it be politically connected businesses who get the lions share. Given the LDP's track record I'm sure it will be the later.

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Posted in: Japan plans corporate tax refunds for virus-hit companies See in context

Agreed Disillusioned. A lot of companies will simply bank it and start cost cutting to meet now lower demand. Many companies will get rid of all but core staff. Contracted and part time workers will get hit first and this will further lower demand. They should give everyone shopping vouchers with a short expiry date that will get people spending. And significant like 100,000 yen or more.

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Posted in: Abe says schools to reopen after spring break; remains cautious about big events See in context

Playing with fire and I don't mean the Olympic one. Opening schools is very risky while undertesting - underreporting especially in the urban areas anytime soon. What did they say.

He stressed the need for people to take preventive steps such as keeping away from crowded areas and closed spaces with poor ventilation.

Sounds exactly like most school classrooms. Loved the pic. At least most of them were wearing masks. Expect more clusters soon.

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Posted in: China reports just 1 new domestic virus case, 20 more imported See in context

Authoritarian governments like China have disadvantages. Lack of freedom of speech led to not disclosing the initial outbreak. However, it seems it has really helped China avoid the worst case scenario. Being able to force people to do things like stay home, wear masks, avoid group interaction and especially monitor people's location and activities might be necessary if Western Europe and US want to avoid the worst.

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Posted in: U.S. stock market plunges to worst day in more than three decades See in context

Yes Reckless. I think we might be. There will be a lot of people closing their wallets and a lot of businesses going belly up. Houses and other assets will be next to fall. My pic - Dow will be at 10,000 in 6 months. Don't think you can expect a bounce PerformingMonkey until they have a vaccine.

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Posted in: As virus roils markets, Trump again threatens Fed chairman See in context

Significant rate drop won't save the economy or markets now. Need massive, and I mean MASSIVE, spending now to lessen what will be known as the great depression of 2020. Trump in usual mode - blaming others and looking for a scapegoat.

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Posted in: New Zealand says everyone entering country must self-isolate to contain coronavirus See in context

Good on her but not sure if this will work. How do they enforce it? And what about people like airline staff?

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Posted in: N Korea fires two projectiles off east coast into sea See in context

Don't you...forget about me.

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Posted in: Tax-free retailer Laox to solicit early retirements due to new virus See in context

Well, I guess it's better than just axing them and giving them nothing. I think that's what a number of smaller companies in retailing / tourism etc will unfortunately be doing over the next few months. Not really sure if I'd want to work in a place like that. The chances of catching it are so much higher.

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Posted in: 112-year-old Japanese recognized as world's oldest living man by Guinness See in context

Yeah - I beat you all!

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Posted in: China to cut tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. imports See in context

Chinese put up the white flag when they realized how bad it could get for their economy fighting a trade war and Coronovirus. It seems fate is with Trump. On the bad side it probably means Coronovirus is going to be really bad.

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Posted in: China's virus cases top 20,000 as Hong Kong reports 1st death See in context

Numbers are doubling approximately every 3 days. Sounds probable it's been spreading in Thailand. Very concerning about the Thai taxi driver. Taxi drivers come into contact with lots of people who travel, and it's not possible to track them because they don't keep records of passengers. Bad news if drop offs were at the airport.

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Posted in: Virus worries wipe $393 bil off China's stock market See in context

So two days ago the Chinese govt try to boost the economy by injecting 173 billion and the market wiped off 393 billion. Talk about a major fail. Clearly not a big enough response. Bit like their response to the virus.

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Posted in: Harry Potter theme park expected to replace Toshimaen in 2023 See in context

Boring! Agreed PerformingMonkey. MarioWorld pls. So much more potential. Harry Potter finished some years ago so I guess Toshimaen will retain it's retro feel.

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Posted in: China reports new cases as WHO declares global emergency over virus See in context

By my calculations the numbers are roughly doubling every 3-4 days. Continues at this rate it might top 1 million by the end of the month

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Posted in: Australia to help some citizens leave China, quarantine them on Christmas Island See in context

Yes nandakandamanda. I am sure all 2,564 of them will be overjoyed. After many years of welcoming immigrants and refugees, I am sure a few highly infectious guests will be no problem at all. But seriously, what will they do if it does spreads? It's not like they have the medical facilities to cope!

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Posted in: 5 Japanese evacuees from Wuhan taken to hospital; 2 have pneumonia See in context

Love the pic of the pilot. He looks like he's taking no chances. Unfortunately, most masks do not protect users from breathing in fine particles including fine droplets of water containing viruses. Also, viruses can get in via the eyes (and nose - duh) which are exposed. There will be some nervous people after that flight.

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Posted in: New Zealand PM Ardern calls national election for Sept 19 See in context

Wonder why she called it early? Is she expecting something to happen? She is very good at PR I'll give her that, and has generally done good for NZ's image abroad. Kind of the opposite of Trump on immigrants, guns, minorities and most other issues... thank goodness.

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Posted in: Ex-adviser brought ¥20 mil in cash to Japan in casino scandal See in context

The bribe was only part of it. My guess is the remainder of the 22.5 million was spent on entertainment expenses. Would be interesting if investigators followed the trail but these things in Japan usually get buried pretty fast.

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Posted in: Wazigen Shizukaya’s latest collection of modern men’s kimono make a move for high fashion See in context

One in the middle reminds me a lot of of Obi-wan Kenobi.

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Posted in: Man in 2016 care home attack back in court after disrupting trial See in context

I think trying to bite off a finger is a sure sign he is sane and is trying to avoid punishment. I believe he knows what he is doing. Hope this doesn't sway the court.

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Posted in: Is work more important to Japanese salarymen than their girlfriends? Survey investigates See in context

You could turn this around and ask women if they would choose to date a man with no job / money. I bet many wouldn't.

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Posted in: NHK broadcasts erroneous North Korean missile launch report See in context

Mistook Santa on his way home for a missile. Slightly somewhat understandable with everyone expecting Kim's Xmas present to arrive.

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Posted in: Microsoft unveils Xbox Series X as console war heats up See in context

Kinda a bit far out isn't it. One year. In the meantime just imagine your desktop pc is it - cause that is what it kind of looks like to me. Certainly won't fit under the tv.

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